I am pleased to announce that Freight Broker Live viewers raised $2,750 during a live stream event Tuesday night covering live nationwide protests and demonstrations throughout the country.
Several weeks ago, our news organization began live-streaming protest coverage and commentary highlighting the nightly protests and unrest across the country each night. We found that while most of the protests and demonstrations that took place during the day were peaceful, nighttime brought on a different type of protester. During the day, protesters would peacefully march in solidarity asking equality, police reform, socio-economic issues and had a message. A real message.
At night, the protests were different. During our live coverage we have witnessed police officers from all over the country be assaulted, both verbally and physically, along with civilians attacked by protesters, roads and interstates blocked, buildings and property set ablaze and worse; people killed. Our brand, Freight Broker Live, along with their viewers decided to do something specifically for these officers who are on the front lines each night.
On Monday night a protest in Portland was declared a riot after protesters continuously taunting police officers, throwing water bottles, ball-bearings, bricks and smashing out the window of the Portland Police Association’s headquarters. Police officials called in construction workers to barricade up the windows, only to have the workers attacked with bottles and other debris. We decided we wanted to do something to help these officers. To show them that we, as individuals care.
I contacted the Portland Police Association and told them we were looking for a way to raise money for these officers. They told us about their non-profit, The Cover Foundation which according to their website “helps current officers and their families in time of financial and medical need, as well as giving back to the programs the officers themselves believe in.”
The foundation provides immediate financial assistance to meet catastrophic medical emergency needs, help family members travel when necessary for funerals and/or medical procedures, and when an officer is injured or killed in the line of duty, according to their site.
During our live stream that began Tuesday night and continued for nearly five and a half hours, Freight Broker Live and our viewers were able to raise $2,750 for The Cover Foundation. That money, which will be transferred later this month will help show, or at least we hope, will help show, that many American’s have the officers back.
While I personally think it is important to support those who are out each day, peacefully protesting and expressing their 1st Amendment rights, I wanted to make it 100% clear that my organizations, my viewers, and myself personally firmly support the members of law enforcement who are protecting these same rights! WE BACK THE BLUE!